Aid to fighters 1/19/2024 Read 4 min

Helpers in Hunt for Enemy: Servicemen Receive Another Batch of Aid from Metinvest

Metinvest Group has delivered another batch of aid to aerial reconnaissance forces. Servicemen have received new "eyes" as part of Steel Front, Rinat Akhmetov's defence initiative. 

Metinvest has recently handed over two modern DJI Mavic 3 Pro drones and compressed air cylinders for the maintenance of military vehicles to aerial reconnaissance groups as part of Rinat Akhmetov's Steel Front defence initiative. All of this will be instrumental in the joint work of artillery and reconnaissance forces who are defending Ukraine in the Kharkiv sector.

"The most important thing that each of us here on the home front can do to bring the Victory closer is to help the Ukrainian army. Both at the beginning of the full-scale invasion and today, Metinvest has been assiduously supporting our defenders, and today we are once again sending modern Mavics to our colleague on the front line. I am sure that they will be come in handy for the guys," said Roman SLOBODIANIUK, General Director of Zaporizhstal.

By the way, the important aid was picked up by Zaporizhstal's employee, now a soldier, who uses the call sign Thunder. He comes from a family of steelworkers, but from the first day of the full-scale invasion, he joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces and became an artilleryman. Before his appointment as deputy battalion commander for weapons in April last year, he served as deputy squadron commander for weapons. 

"Doing everything to win" 

During his service, Thunder visited almost all parts of the front line - Kherson, Donetsk, Chernihiv, Rivne and Kyiv regions. Now his brigade is defending the Kharkiv region. The defender says drones are indispensable on the front line. 

"Drones used to serve us longer than now, because the enemy is also learning and improving its skills. In particular, they now have more electronic warfare devices that quickly spot our "birds" and cause damage to our equipment. And these are our eyes in the sky, and it is virtually impossible to perform missions without them, so the need for Mavics is greater than ever," says Thunder.  

It should be noted that this is not the first time Metinvest has helped the brigade, in which the Zaporizhstal worker is serving.  Earlier, the company handed over computer equipment, special clothing and footwear, protective equipment, interceptors of Lancet drones, and drones to the defenders. 

"I am serving alongside many of my colleagues from Zaporizhstal, and everyone feels the support from the company. It's nice to know that help will always be given and that they are waiting for you at home. So, we are doing everything we can to bring peace back to Ukraine and return to work as soon as possible," he added. 

Morale is all right, Thunder says. Everyone wants only one thing: the soonest Victory and return of peace to Ukraine. 

"We still have a lot of work to do on the front line. No matter how hard it is, no matter how tired we are, we always remember why we are here: to protect our families and our homes from the Russian occupiers. And until the war ends with our Victory, no soldier will be able to return to peaceful life. Because even when we are on leave, mentally, we are on the "zero line", together with our brothers-in-arms," adds Thunder. 

The main thing, in his opinion, is that all Ukrainians should be patient, resilient, united, and always help the Ukrainian armed forces. 

"We always feel the support of people, we feel the spirit of Ukrainians. And this inspires and encourages us in difficult moments. It is not for nothing that they say that a strong home front is the bedrock of a strong front line. So, continue to help the defenders, be resilient, and the victory will definitely be ours!", the soldier added in conclusion.